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http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/...umber=11151707

$1398 without the $30 MIR

Summary:
-Eee PC 4G Surf w/2GB memory upgrade (MUST HAVE!!!)
-e2180 w/AC7
-2GB GSkill
-500GB HDD
-Sonata III w/500W Earthwatts PSU (PSU and case are great, I can tell you that firsthand )
-22" Acer LCD
-Saitek Eclipse Keyboard (IMO way better than the G15 with it's silly LCD)
-Logitech MX518 (Great gaming mouse)
-8800GTS 512!!!


This is a complete setup, all you need then is a desk, chair, and maybe some speakers.
    
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post #32 of 48
if you would buy only a laptop with your budget, I advise you to go with ASUS M51 Series M51Sn-X2 for $1200 (T8300 2.4GHz, 4GB DDR2, 250GB HDD, 15.4" WXGA, Geforce 9500GS, DVD RW, Fingerprint, Webcam, Memory Reader)

if you would buy a both desktop and a laptop
for laptop $600 lenovo IdeaPad Y510 (T2370 1.73GHz, 2GB DDR2, 160GB HDD, 15.4" WXGA, Intel X3100, DVD-RW, Webcam, Memory Reader)

for a desktop I would buy
BenQ FP202W 20" Monitor $200
Sunbeam Silent Storm IC-SS-SVBK Case $50
WD 320GB HDD SATA2 16MB Cache $70
GSkill DDR2-1000 4GB(2X2GB) $100
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L Motherboard $90
SeaSonic SS-500ES $70
Intel Pentium E2180 $78
XFX Geforce 8800GT $180
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post #33 of 48
Thread Starter 
Ok this all sounds great and I definitely have a good direction to go in if I do end up doing the combo.

The last thing I'd like to accomplish is if I wanted to go ahead and put all $1300 into a desktop, what build would you guys suggest for that?
post #34 of 48
For college you will want a lappy.
There is a sale on a lappy in office depot.
gateway duelcore T2370
3gb RAM, 160gb hd, webcam, dvd burner, 14.1 in screen
$550.

Thats very similar to what I have. I have a similar setup as waht you were looking at. A cheap laptop and a powerful desktop.
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Thread Starter 
My brother, who is a freshman right now, and some other people said they almost never brought their laptop around. Besides, Bucknell University has computers all over that you can use pretty easily.

So suggestions for a $1300 build?

(I may very well end up doing the laptop/desktop combo, but incase I decide not to I'd just like to get this covered before the thread dies)
post #36 of 48
Thread Starter 
My mom just brought up a very good point. While a desktop will indeed be more powerful than a laptop, you can't beat the portability of a laptop. If you want to bring it home for the weekend, it is MUCH easier to throw in a bag, and all your files will be there. A desktop is much less portable and will be a pretty big hassle to bring home every time i come home from vacation and need to work on homework and game of course.

So let's look at it in both directions: A $1300 desktop or a $1300 laptop.
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Originally Posted by ender475 View Post
My mom just brought up a very good point. While a desktop will indeed be more powerful than a laptop, you can't beat the portability of a laptop. If you want to bring it home for the weekend, it is MUCH easier to throw in a bag, and all your files will be there. A desktop is much less portable and will be a pretty big hassle to bring home every time i come home from vacation and need to work on homework and game of course.

So let's look at it in both directions: A $1300 desktop or a $1300 laptop.
If your college has good WiFi like mine does (15mbps all over campus) a laptop will be almost essential. All of my profs make their notes available online, as well as homework, and being able to access it electronically in class instead of having to print it out is so much better.

Anyways heres what a $1300 computer would look like to me:

http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/...Number=4856129

Not too much different from the last build but you should hit 4GHz no prob and going SLI is as simple as dropping another $220 for a second 8800GTS.
    
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post #38 of 48
Thread Starter 
That looks very nice nathris and I'd probably go for that if i do end up getting a desktop.

I've been looking at sites like cyberpowerpc.com and ibuypower.com for customizable laptops. You can also buy externals with them which is nice. What do you guys think of the lappies on those sites? Suggestions?

ALSO: forgot to add rep, went thru the thread and added rep where necessary.
post #39 of 48
Thread Starter 
Also what do you think is a good GPU is? Almost all the laptops I look at have the 512 MB 8600 GT in them.
post #40 of 48
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Originally Posted by ender475 View Post
Yeah I am definitely liking the Asus Eee for my basic laptop. That gives me $900 to spend on a build... any other suggestions for that budget? I noticed you didn't include a monitor in that build, JamsD... I do need a monitor for my desktop
OK I made a few changes

I threw in a 22" Acer LCD, and to compensate for the extra price I:

Got an Antec case PSU combo (the included Earthwatts 380 is a great PSU and can easily power everything, not to mention its 80 plus certified), the case is also pretty nice.

Downgraded to an 8800GS, still a great card.

Downgraded to the $350 Asus 4G surf, it's the same thing in terms of performance, I just believe it's harder to upgrade the RAM and it doesn't have a webcam.



Link

Alternatively you could keep the 8800GT and $400 4G and swap out the Q6600 with something like an e2180, which when overclocked is a great chip.



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Just some options worth considering I guess
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